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    5 surefire ways to get an OSHA inspection

    OSHA violations can be detrimental to your reputation and your practice’s bottom line. Here’s how to avoid an on-site inspection.



    Avoiding OSHA violations

    Now that you know the most common ways to receive an OSHA inspection or violations, what can you do to prevent this from happening?

    Hiring a safety coordinator or an infection prevention coordinator is the first step.

    “Assign the responsibility of the position of safety coordinator to a staff member who is knowledgeable about worker safety and provide them the time and resources to effectively perform that function,” Borg-Bartlett says. “This individual should understand the OSHA Standards that apply to the practice. Give this individual the authority to enforce the safety practices and be committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace.”

    Related reading: How to conduct an infection control risk assessment in your office

    Making sure that written health and safety programs are specific to each dental practice is also key.

    “Buying a ‘canned’ safety program is a start; however, it must be customized to reflect the hazards in your practice and the policies that have been developed and implemented to protect your workers.”

    In addition to training new staff members immediately upon hire, educate them about possible exposure to potentially infectious items. Borg-Bartlett also recommends offering them the Hepatitis B vaccine within 10 days of hire.

    “Document their acceptance or refusal for the vaccine series. Ensure that the practice is paying for the Hepatitis B vaccine and the titer test, which must occur within four to eight weeks after completion of the series,” she says. “If a worker refuses the vaccine because they have already taken it, then ask them to provide you with as much information as they can on when they had it and the results of the titer test. If they can’t provide you with that information, then still have them sign a refusal and make a note that you were unable to confirm their participation in the Hepatitis B vaccine series prior to their employment with your practice.”


    Kristen Mott
    Kristen Mott is the associate editor for Dental Products Report and Digital Esthetics.


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